Posted: 23/11/2014 at 14:11
The Potting Shed invites us to "Venture into the potting shed for garden gossip, topical debate or idle chit-chat" and it's fine to chat about things other than gardening if we wish, but we should still be aware of the dangers of disclosing personal information that puts us at risk on a public forum.
However inconsequential and friendly chat is totally different to trying to persuade others to divulge personal information; even worse is to use techniques learned in the course of one's profession in order to do that and I'm sure when he reflects Mike will realise that.
Some of us know each other in 'real life' but the majority of relationships on here are 'virtual' and we do not really know who we all are, and should be sensible when deciding which information to disclose and to whom.
I've a feeling that despite having had varied life experiences, Mike is possibly a little naive re the internet - he has previously posted his own contact details on the forum which have been removed.
He probably doesn't understand that what he sees as friendly overtures may put himself and others at risk. However, we don't know him - he or indeed any of the other posters on here could be Jack the Ripper Re-incarnate, until you know otherwise.
One of the difficulties with Mike only posting on here in the wee small hours is that we end up talking about him rather than to him - something that makes me feel uncomfortable